Beck Leads Maryland Over Bucknell, 8-3
April 4, 2012
The Terps (19-12) improved to 16-3 in non-conference games, including a 9-1 mark at home, with a familiar formula of pitching, defense and a balanced offensive attack.
Beck, meanwhile, found his stride after allowing one hit in each of the first two innings. The senior held Bucknell (14-15) hitless from the third through the sixth inning, needing 84 pitches to get through six full. In the third he set down the side in order, including a pair of strikeouts.
As good as Beck has been all season - he's now 4-1 with a 2.53 ERA - he's been at his best at home. In four appearances at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium, Beck has a 3-0 record with a 0.51 ERA in 17 2/3 innings.
The defense played its part Wednesday night, turning in its 10th error-free game this season. Rodriguez had a highlight-reel play in the sixth, diving to stop a ball up the middle, rolling over and bouncing up to throw out the runner at first.
And after the Terps scored the game's first run in the second, they broke it open in the third.
Maryland added to its lead with single runs in the fourth and seventh, with Rodriguez recording his fourth hit on a RBI single in the seventh. That gave Maryland's pitchers all the support they would need.
Bucknell starting pitcher Russell Seidell (2-1), who allowed seven runs on eight hits in four innings, took the loss.
Maryland is back in action on Friday, when No. 17 NC State comes to town. The Terps and Wolfpack play at 6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
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